Friday, November 4, 2016

Photography Critique Example

Composition Critique

Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967.
(simplicity, symmetrical balance, value, contrast)

In Identical Twins by Diane Arbus the photographer uses the contrast of the pale background to help emphasize the girls' dark hair and dresses and adds value to the piece.  She also shifted her positioning while taken the photo so that she not only makes the small girls on the same level as the viewer, but also so their white tights pop against the dark and textured surface of the brick sidewalk. The pale wall also helps add to the minimalism and simplicity of this photograph, bringing the viewers attention back to the clear subject of the twins.  The girls different expressions of emotion adds to the allure of the photograph, and rewards the viewer the longer the stay with the piece.

Concept Critique

Diane Arbus, Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York City (1962)
(Asymmetrical Balance, Texture, Emphasis, Leading Lines)

In the piece Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, Arbus creates a feeling of anxiety and lost innocence with her depiction of a gangly disheveled boy juxtaposed against the serene autumn backdrop of Central Park.  The boys facial expression is both vacant and confused.  One hand grips a grenade, while the other hand is openly clenched, creating a negative space similar to a grenade shape itself.  She uses the converging paths of the park as leading lines and also to help create movement in the piece.  As the viewer's eye wanders through the photo they travel back and forth between the boy, the grenade, the peaceful shadows of the tree, and the family and people off in the distance.